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Rusk County Convention

Pine Grove Church, Henderson, Texas

April 23-24, 2015

Saturday, April 23

The 8th annual Rusk County Singing met Saturday before the fourth Sunday in April at Old Pine Grove Church near Henderson, Texas. The tune book for Saturday was the Christian Harmony, 2010 Revision. With the absence of the chairman and the vice chairman, Secretary Gaylon Powell called the class to order leading 206 (CH). Chris Nicholson offered the opening prayer.

A business session was held and the following officers were elected: Chairman—Mike Hinton; Vice Chairman—Chris Nicholson; Secretary—Gaylon Powell.

Leaders: Gaylon Powell 264 (CH); Mike Hinton 303 (CH), 143 (CH); Chris Nicholson 398t (CH), 399b (CH); Robert Vaughn 221b (CH), 142 (CH); Kristie Powell 258 (CH), 339 (CH); Carole Watts 189 (CH), 298 (CH); Natalie Fletcher 188 (CH), 131 (CH).

RECESS

Mike Hinton called the class back together leading 86t (CH). Leaders: Henry McGuire 86b (CH), 168b (CH); Charity Vaughn 29 (CH), 284 (CH); Chris Nicholson 338t (CH), 338b (CH); Gaylon Powell 155 (CH), 336t (CH); Robert Vaughn 299 (CH), 361 (CH); Kristie Powell 41t (CH), 548 (CH); Natalie Fletcher 367 (CH), 226t (CH). Henry McGuire asked the blessing at the dinner tables.

LUNCH

Mike Hinton called the class back together leading 70b (CH) and 291 (CH). Leaders: Henry McGuire 422b (CH), 432b (CH); Chris Nicholson 346 (CH), 347 (CH); Gaylon Powell 137 (CH), 136 (CH); Robert Vaughn 40t (CH), 71 (CH); Kristie Powell 105t (CH), 332 (CH); Carole Watts 382 (CH), 82t (CH); Henry McGuire 460t (CH), 64 (CH).

RECESS

Mike Hinton called the class back together leading 349 (CH) and 179 (CH). Leaders: Kim Vaughn 253 (CH), 149 (CH), 329 (CH); Chris Nicholson 67b (CH), 76b (CH); Gaylon Powell 256t (CH), 259t (CH); Robert Vaughn 222t (CH), 316 (CH); Kristie Powell 138 (CH), 493b (CH); Henry McGuire 493t (CH), 246 (CH). Mike appointed Kristie Powell and Charity Vaughn to serve on the memorial committee.

Mike Hinton led 30b (CH) as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Robert Vaughn.

Sunday, April 24

The Sunday session of the convention was held in conjunction with the Pine Grove Cemetery Homecoming. The tune book for Sunday was the Cooper Revision of the Sacred Harp. Mike Hinton called the class to order leading 31b (CB). David Rousseau offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Mike Hinton 293b (CB); Gaylon Powell 203 (CB), 300 (CB); Kim Vaughn 558 (CB), 507b (CB); Henry McGuire 567 (CB), 133 (CB); David Rousseau 127 (CB), 72 (CB); Will McGuire 392 (CB), 484 (CB); Chris Nicholson 32t (CB), 31t (CB); Charity Vaughn 489 (CB), 73t (CB); Kristie Powell 210 (CB), 524 (CB).

RECESS

Mike Hinton called the class back together leading 138t (CB). Leaders: Carole Watts 461 (CB), 40 (CB); Sherry Rousseau 572 (CB), 573 (CB); Robert Vaughn 314 (CB), 38t (CB); Chris Nicholson 508 (CB), 507t (CB); Gaylon Powell 522 (CB), 486 (CB); Henry McGuire 458 (CB), 594 (CB).

The memorial lesson was held at this time. Charity Vaughn read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Curtis Owen, Edith Owen, Myrl Jones, Leo Stanley, Mary Stanley, Amy Denison, Cheryl Foreman, Ruth Redmon, Dale Redmon, Jr., Adelaide Vaughn, Susan Harcrow, Toney Smith, Lavoy Smith, Janelle Davis, and Alice McGuire. She made some comments, and led 540 (CB) in their honor.

Kristie Powell read the following list of names of the deceased: H.P. O’Mary and Bill Burnes—Texas; George Easley and Charles Porter—Mississippi; Robert DuPree—Alabama; Oliver Kindig-Stokes—Pennsylvania; Donald Klein and John Schaffer—Colorado; Leonard Singletary—Burial in the Pine Grove Cemetery. She made some comments, and led 285t (CB) in their memory. The memorial lesson was concluded.

LUNCH

Mike Hinton called the class back together leading 87 (CB) and 369 (CB). Leaders: Kristie Powell 514 (CB), 273 (CB); Kim Vaughn 528b (CB), 467 (CB); David Rousseau 563 (CB), 341 (CB); Charity Vaughn 422b (CB), 411 (CB); Carole Watts 340 (CB), 501 (CB); Robert Vaughn 423 (CB), 47b (CB); Will McGuire 410 (CB), 465 (CB). It was agreed that as of next year, the Sunday session will begin at 9:30 a.m.

After announcements, Mike Hinton led 511t (CB) as the closing song. Gaylon Powell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Mike Hinton; Vice Chairman—Chris Nicholson; Secretary—Gaylon Powell